In a way, the question we have asked of our five respondents: “Is American art history conservative?” is an odd one. Despite the troublingly combative obduracy that the psychic and physical boundaries of American-ness have assumed in the larger political discourse this election season, the field of American art history has never been more catholic in its interests or inclusive in its approaches.
Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside
Bruce Robertson, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Emily Casey, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Delaware
Michael Gaudio, Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota
Catherine Holochwost, Assistant Professor, La Salle University
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